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Playing with Type: 50 graphic experiments for exploring typographic design principles by Lara McCormick

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talking objects
Apply typography to an object. Think about
type in the third dimension, and how it can
be expressive in unexpected ways.
Choose an object. You will be painting on
the object, so you may want to pick
something up at a flea market or thrift store.
Once you’ve selected your object, what do
you think it would say if it could speak?
How do you feel when you interact with it?
Based on this, sketch your objects voice in
the typographic style of your choice.
Apply your final sketch onto your object
(using the transfer method outlined below).
Fill in your letters with paint. Put your
object on display for everyone to enjoy.
If you loved this, you’ll love these!
Text in the City, page 130; Daily Reminders, page 162
Steps for transferring type onto furniture:
1. Print your design. Using a charcoal pencil (pastels work too), cover the surface of the backside of your page.
2. Tape your design into place, facing up.
3. Trace the outline of your design. Press firmly, so the charcoal on the back gets transferred onto the surface.
4. When you are done, peel back your page and make sure the outline is heavy enough for you to follow as a guide.
Schedule a date with a friend to make stuff; it’s a great way to spend an afternoon.
Designers: Annica Lydenberg, Lara McCormick
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Transfer process
using charcoal
Designer:
Annica Lydenberg
(Ray)
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(Ray)
(Fogra 39)Job:10-29438 Title:RP-Playing with Type
#175 Dtp:225 Page:146
128-163_29438.indd 146 10/24/12 4:38 PM
(Ray)
(Fogra 39)Job:10-29438 Title:RP-Playing with Type
#175 Dtp:225 Page:147
128-163_29438.indd 147 10/24/12 4:38 PM
146 playing with type
(Text)
41
talking objects
Apply typography to an object. Think about
type in the third dimension, and how it can
be expressive in unexpected ways.
Choose an object. You will be painting on
the object, so you may want to pick
something up at a flea market or thrift store.
Once you’ve selected your object, what do
you think it would say if it could speak?
How do you feel when you interact with it?
Based on this, sketch your objects voice in
the typographic style of your choice.
Apply your final sketch onto your object
(using the transfer method outlined below).
Fill in your letters with paint. Put your
object on display for everyone to enjoy.
If you loved this, you’ll love these!
Text in the City, page 130; Daily Reminders, page 162
Steps for transferring type onto furniture:
1. Print your design. Using a charcoal pencil (pastels work too), cover the surface of the backside of your page.
2. Tape your design into place, facing up.
3. Trace the outline of your design. Press firmly, so the charcoal on the back gets transferred onto the surface.
4. When you are done, peel back your page and make sure the outline is heavy enough for you to follow as a guide.
Schedule a date with a friend to make stuff; it’s a great way to spend an afternoon.
Designers: Annica Lydenberg, Lara McCormick
(Ray)
(Fogra 39)Job:10-29438 Title:RP-Playing with Type
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playing with context and application 147
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Transfer process
using charcoal
Designer:
Annica Lydenberg
(Ray)
(Fogra 39)Job:10-29438 Title:RP-Playing with Type
#175 Dtp:225 Page:147
128-163_29438.indd 147 10/24/12 4:36 PM
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Saws from an
antiques fair,
handpainted
with enamel
Designer:
Kenji Nakayama
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“The hand-lettered words on the umbrella are the
lyrics to the song ‘Spoonful of Sugar.’ The umbrella
was used as part of an intervention in which I
dressed up as Mary Poppins and escorted people
across the street on a rainy day in hopes of cheering
them up.
Designer: Leen Sadder
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